New Delhi: With a single-day jump of 4,970 cases, the COVID-19 count in India breached the one lakh mark on Tuesday.
According to the ministry of health and family welfare, the total COVID-19 cases in the country reached 1,01,139. As many as 134 deaths were reported due to the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 3,163.
This comes two days after the nationwide lockdown, imposed as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19, was extended till May 31.
Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state due to the virus with 35,058 cases, including 1,249 deaths.
It is followed by Tamil Nadu (11,760) and Gujarat (11,745).
Experts attribute the increase to the easing of the lockdown, movement of migrant workers, higher testing and better reporting of cases.
Dr Jacob John, virologist and former chairman of the Indian Council of Medical Research, says, "The epidemic is growing beyond what we have ever seen in the past. The number of cases would not increase in an additional manner but double every few days... Every expert knew this."